Packing for a summer vacation is always such a tease. From sun dresses and flip flops to boots and baseball caps – the anticipation is a killer. What else are you throwing into that suitcase? If there is one thing I never leave for a trip without it’s a good book or two! That being said, here’s a list of five stories to make your summer vacation absolutely perfect:
1. “The Potter’s Wife” by Cindy T. Neel
A story about one woman’s amazing strength, heartache and journey to bettering herself, the Potter’s Wife is a powerful tale. Follow Mandy as she deals with loss, finds love, confides in her friends and learns what it means to truly live once again. Cindy T. Neel will have you laughing, crying and begging for more in this epic novel. She truly captures what it means to find yourself and how to cope with any demons you have to conquer before moving on to happiness.
2. “The Scent of Rain and Lightning” by Nancy Pickard
In this heart-stopping murder mystery, follow one family’s easy, country-living life get turned upside down. Now a grown woman, Jody still feels the sting from the loss of her father – and the hatred for the man in jail that did it. After she learns that he has been released from jail, her journey through finding answers and trying to hide in a small town is unveiled in this crippling crime tale. It’s hard to love – or hate – any of these characters, but you won’t know who to trust until the last page. Nancy Pickard depicts beautiful pictures of scenic country with spine-tingling tales of murder and deceit; you just won’t be able to put it down.
3. “Firefly Lane” by Kristin Hannah
Grow up alongside two teenage girls that will absolutely capture your heart. Kate and Tully are two best friends that couldn’t be more different…but couldn’t live without each other all the same. Spanning over several decades, this friendship weathers it all: jealousy, love, good times and bad. When an act of betrayal rips them apart, their love and friendship is the only thing that keeps them hanging on. Kristin Hannah creates a friendship whose bond is as thick as blood and the love runs even deeper. Just how far are you willing to go to show your best friend just how dear they are to you?
4. “Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom
Everyone wants to know: what is the meaning of life? Although he doesn’t come out saying he has the answer, Mitch Albom comes pretty dang close in his discussions with Morrie. Morrie is an older man who has seen much, lost many and had it all in his life. As his health fails him, Mitch visits him weekly to learn all he can from this wise mentor. This epic novel is better than any self-help book you’ll ever find; filled with memories, happiness, coping mechanisms and more, “Tuesdays with Morrie” can teach you to add meaning to your life and reach your true potential.
5. “True Colors” by Kristin Hannah
“True Colors” is one of my all-time favorite novels. A tale of three sisters and their journey through life; their simple country lifestyle becomes very complicated when their mothers passes away and their father withdraws from the world in his grief. As they grow into adulthood, their lives pull them in all directions. Facing obstacles never before imagined, their sisterly bond is tried with bouts of lost love, forbidden love and unrequited love. A true country masterpiece, Kristin Hannah shows what it means to find your fairytale ending even in the worst possible circumstances…all while juggling the love and hardship of family. This beautiful love story should be at the top of your summer reads list!
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